OPEN CITY: Self-titled: LP/CD

With band members who have served time in the likes of Kid Dynamite, Worriers, Ceremony, and Ted Leo And The Pharmacists, the expectations for Open City’s debut album were high. The outcome does the band justice as it tears through a bunch of songs that have me thinking of a mix of Fugazi, War On Women, and Dag Nasty. When the band is raging full-on, vocalist Rachel Rubino sounds as if she is channelling a rabid grizzly bear, such is the effort she puts in to venting her wrath and frustrations. There are calmer moments and these find Rubino shifting to a more subtle delivery, helping highlight a band not as musically confined as I first thought. This is a quality album. –Rich Cocksedge (End Hits, endhitsrecords.com)